“Building DREW,” Reference Research Roundtable, ALA Annual Conference

The goals of the DREW project are to: create a schema useful in archiving components of a reference transaction in a standardized manner; work with services to turn their archives into the DREW format; collect, clean, and remove personally identifiable information; create an exploration space for library scientists to create new models, measures, reports, and generalizations about the reference process; and create the infrastructure to allow services to directly benefit from the models the researchers create. Both librarians and researchers will learn how they can participate in the collaborative DREW project.

NYSLAA Presentation

Slides from my presentation to NYSLAA now online. Call it digital reference or call it virtual reference. Libraries are taking reference to the web and library assistants are taking an increasing role in this transformation. This workshop will cover the basics of virtual reference, virtual reference tools, current trends, and a little crystal ball gazing into the virtual reference future. Audio available on my podcast.

Tools and Precision of a User Perspective

A response/presentation on tools and the credibility of Internet information from the user perspective presented at a symposium co-sposored by ALA, the University of Washington and the MacArthur Foundation. Looks at the differentiating facotrs of Internet information.

Digital Libraries K-12

Building digital libraries for K-12 education is not a simple matter of great content. The K-12 environment has special needs for the content it uses in the classroom. From conformance to state performance standards, to linkage to lesson plans, the K-12 classroom sometimes can seem like a fortress with high walls, preventing libraries and museums from entering. This presentation will explore the realities and successful strategies for breaking into formal K-12 education. This presentation will seek to answer the question of why great content is not enough.

Lankes to Webcast to Blended Librarian Group

Academic libraries have traditionally been focused on the information business. Academic librarians need to get into the knowledge business. Dr. David Lankes, Executive Director of the Information Institute at Syracuse, and Professor at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies, will be our guest presenter on Tuesday, March 3 as he shares his perspectives on how the academic library can “re-energize” itself as a knowledge-driven organization. Of particular importance for Blended Librarians is the way in which education serves as the bridge between knowledge and information.

Lankes Prepares for WebWise

Lankes will be presenting:

Breaking the K-12 Crust: The Realities of Digital Libraries for Education

Building digital libraries for K-12 education is not a simple matter of great content. The K-12 environment has special needs for the content it uses in the classroom. From conformance to state performance standards, to linkage to lesson plans, the K-12 classroom sometimes can seem like a fortress with high walls, preventing libraries and museums from entering. This presentation will explore the realities and successful strategies for breaking into formal K-12 education. This presentation will seek to answer the question of why great content is not enough.

Creation of Shared Electronic Collections

Slides from a panel presentation at a Harvard Symposium on the state of the education infromation commons. This presentation looked at major digital collections for education and the issues derived from how these services are made available to the education community.

Lankes Invited to Speak at WebWise 2005

Lankes has been invited to present at IMLS’ WebWise conference February 17, 2005 in Washington DC. He will present on digital libraries in a K-12 environment and the need for services in digital libraries.